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Author: Primula Bond
Rating: 3 – out of – 5
Genre: Erotica, Romance
Format: ebook
Publisher: HarperCollins UK, Avon
Release Date: July 4, 2013
Recommended Reading: AGE+ 18 (Explicit language and Sexual Situations )

Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: This book definitely had its moments but they were too few and far between.  The story by far outshines the sex, which, as you all know, I need those two components to be equally smoky. The thing that let down the most was the fact that I felt a little bit teased. Primula Bond began The Silver Chain in such a way that I was for sure there was going to be this great plot twist and then when the twist finally came, it had nothing to do with fangs. I mean there were no vampires, which was something she alluded to the entire time.

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SYNOPSIS: Bound by passion, she was powerless to resist.

One dark evening in London, photographer Serena Folkes is indulging her impulsive side with a night-time shoot. But someone is watching her – mysterious entrepreneur Gustav Levi. Serena doesn’t know it yet, but this handsome stranger will change her life forever…

Serena is fascinated by Gustav, the enigmatic owner of the Levi Gallery, and she soon feels an irresistible pull of attraction. The interest is mutual, and Gustav promises to launch Serena’s photographic career at his gallery, but only if Serena agrees to become his exclusive companion.

To mark their agreement, Gustav gives Serena a bracelet to wear at all times. Attached to it is a silver chain of which he is the keeper. With the chain Gustav controls Serena physically and symbolically – a sign that she is under his power.

As their passionate relationship intensifies, Gustav’s hold on the silver chain grows stronger. But will Gustav’s dark past tear them apart?

The Silver Chain is the first in the sexy, passionate and addictive Unbreakable Trilogy by Primula Bond. Perfect for fans of erotic romance.

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THE LOWDOWN: The book starts with Serena and Gustav having one of those classic “cute meets” that we all know and love. Turns out that Serena is a photographer just starting out in London where she has just recently moved to escape a hurtful past.  Unwanted as a child, Serena finds comfort in the arms of the older suave Gustav.  The title and portions of the book suggest that this is an erotic romance that sways towards BDSM (mostly bondage) but it doesn’t read that way.  Yes, there are occasions when Serena acts like a “sub” and Gustav does give her this bracelet that connects to a delicate silver chain but it ends there.

Delicate is probably the best word to describe this entire book; characters with delicate personalities, delicate sex, delicate writing – you get the idea. As for the writing, it’s not bad. I had one issue that got my eyes rolling after a while, too much referencing and analogy. It often seemed that every other page had a reference of some kind to some other work. I am all for characters loving certain things that their authors do and I also enjoy analogies of all kinds but there is a point where it becomes more about not being able to describe something for yourself, and more about having another author’s work describe it for you. It got to that point more than once.

I did love Serena and Gustav’s characters, however. They were flawed, hurt people who found healing in each other. It wasn’t easy and they didn’t end up in the bedroom on page five. Instead the bond built their personalities slowly, which made story. So in the end, the sex can’t stand alone but the plot can. Overall I say – give it shot.  just don’t expect über hot sex scenes… or vampires.

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